The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine, named after the philanthropist and Walmart heiress, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday to mark the start of construction on its new 14-acre medical education facility. The campus is situated to the east of Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville.
The school’s goal is to enroll its first class of 48 students by 2025, pending accreditation. It plans to offer a four-year medical degree program with a “compassionate, inclusive, and whole health approach.”
The new building, which spans 154,000 square feet, will feature modern learning halls, a public gallery, library, clinical spaces, and wellness areas. The design of the campus will seamlessly connect with the surrounding forest, featuring trails, healing gardens, and outdoor classrooms.
Polk Stanley Wilcox, an Arkansas-based architecture firm, is leading the construction project.
The new facility is set to be a state-of-the-art medical education center that aims to serve the healthcare needs of the community.